Five Firsts

Cricketers on their milestones

James Franklin

Aunts and tons and other things

The New Zealand quick on hat-tricks, souvenirs and cricketing relatives

Interview by Brydon Coverdale

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James Franklin is esctatic after trapping AB de Villiers, New Zealand v South Africa, Super Eights, Grenada, April 14, 2007
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First hat-trick
The Test hat-trick against Bangladesh was my first first-class hat-trick. It was disbelief at first. I didn't know what to make of it. I can remember the guy [Tapash Baisya] leaving the ball and I'd been bowling inswingers all the time to the right-handers, so I don't know what he was thinking, but obviously he did me the favour of giving me a Test hat-trick.

First member of the family to play for New Zealand
My aunt, Jean Coulston, my mother's brother's wife. She played for New Zealand in the 1950s. She used to tell me a little bit as a teenager. She ended up having five boys herself and they were all into playing a bit of backyard cricket.

First cricket souvenir
As a kid, Robert Vance used to play for my local club team. I remember when he played for New Zealand in a series, he came back to the club one Saturday. I was milling around at the park and he gave me a Test shirt. That was the earliest souvenir from an international cricketer that I can remember. I can be a bit of a hoarder of memorabilia. I think it's at my parents' place now.

First first-class hundred
It took me a wee while to get it. It was down at Carisbrook, in Dunedin, against Otago, back in about 2003. I played a fair few games before that, so it took me a while. It took me a while on the day as well, because I was pretty determined to get it. I don't remember the shot that brought it up but I do remember I spent a long time at the crease to get it.

First (legal) ball in a World Cup
It was to Ed Joyce. I think it was a wide half-tracker that he seemed to try and cut and nicked straight to Brendon McCullum, which I was very thankful for. It got the team off to a good start and I think we ended up winning that game. There was a wide before it, though.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Comments: 3 
Posted by ilovetests on (September 27, 2010, 0:05 GMT)

I see that Franklin is looking at playing as opening batsman who bowls. Is he good enough to be another Shane Watson?? With the sheer numbers of allrounders/slash bowlers who can bat in NZ (Vettori, injury prone Oram, Styris, Elliot, Williamson, Ryder, Mills, even Tuffey), opening might be his best chance to get back in the NZ team.

Point 2: Your link is to the wrong Robert Vance. I think Franklin would've meant 'Bert' Vance (his son).

Posted by   on (September 26, 2010, 21:07 GMT)

Hey James, Do you know you look so much like Indian Movie star Hrithik Roshan.. on the funny side, I can be your agent for Indian advertising and moreover I live in Auckland, so can be on the pulse all the time.. he he...

Posted by   on (September 26, 2010, 13:39 GMT)

James Franklin is just GREAT :_)

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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